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POLICE: Man admits to Emerald Isle murder and fire

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Published: Jan. 10, 2020 at 10:00 AM EST
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Police say a man has admitted to killing another man last month in Emerald Isle and then setting fire to the home.

Patrick Whitley smiled as he was brought into a courtroom this morning in Beaufort for his first court appearance.

The shooting and fire happened at 107 Melanie Street, shortly after 8:30 p.m. on January 9th.

31-year-old Carl Jones, Jr. was found dead inside the house.

Police Chief Tony Reese said Whitley lived in the house which belonged to his grandmother.

The chief said the two knew each other for at least one year and Whitley asked the victim to come over about paying him some money that was owed for work.

Whitley admitted shooting the victim and setting the house on fire to cover it up, according to the chief.

The suspect was found several days later in Corpus Christi, Texas. Chief Reese says the man contacted U.S. Marshals and that he turned himself in.

The judge this morning ordered Whitley held without bond, appointed him an attorney and set February 14th as his next court date.


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An arrest has been made in connection with a fatal shooting and fire in Emerald Isle back on January 9th.

Police arrested Patrick Whitley, 25, of Havelock in Corpus Christi, Texas on Sunday.

The Corpus Christi Police Department and members of the U.S. Marshal's Service made the arrest.

The shooting and fire happened at 107 Melanie Street, shortly after 8:30 p.m.

31-year old Carl Jones, Jr. was the victim found dead inside the house.

Whitley is being held without bond until he is brought back to North Carolina, where he faces charges of murder and first degree arson.


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Police discovered a man had been fatally shot while responding to a house fire.

Emerald Isle police say they were called to a home on Melaine Street for a fire just after 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

When they got there, they found 31-year-old Carl Jones Jr. had been fatally shot inside.

Police say they interviewed someone in connection to the shooting, but their name has not been released and no arrests have been made at this time.

It took crews from multiple departments several hours to put out the fire.

Law enforcement and the SBI are currently at the scene investigating.

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